Sunday, January 17, 2010

Christmas Crafting, Part the Fourth: Nativitatis Dona Feli

Since we went to visit Neill's family for the holidays, I thought the cat-in-law (Harry*) might appreciate a little gift...



Pattern: Mousie, by Ysolda Teague (from Whimsical Little Knits I)
Yarn: Leftover Harrisville Designs New England Shetland (the grey) and Springwater Fiber Workshop Spectrum Hand-Dyed Pony Laceweight (the pink)
Needles: US 1 dpns
Start to Finish: December 1-4, 2009

Notes: This is an adorable and cleverly-constructed pattern, though slightly fiddly, but only because the mousie is so small.

While getting this little guy ready for his photo shoot, we happened to have a visitor. Let's zoom out shall we?


Indeed, Stewart took notice of the mouse, clearly jealous that someone else was getting a gift and he wasn't.


So he decided to take it for himself.


And try to eat it. Bad cat!

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* Harry B. Callis. My husband's family has long given human names to their cats and then signed them up for things like magazine subscriptions or AARP, with hilarious results. My favorite story relates how close they were to getting a credit card for the (now, sadly, deceased) Riley L. Callis (a tiger point Siamese). The initial paperwork went through, but after several phone calls that Riley could suspiciously not take ("I'm sorry, he's taking a nap." "No, Riley can't come to the phone right now. He's currently outside relieving himself." etc.), the application was rejected.

20 comments:

Maryse said...

Cute!

Linda said...

The story about the cat is hilarious! The little mouse is so cute! I should make one for my kitty, Mimi.

Jodi said...

I wonder how old a cat needs to be to qualify for AARP! Great story.

The mousie looks awfully cute. I'm impressed that it's only a little fiddly -- small toys are often VERY fiddly.

Virginia said...

Love the mousie! I'd make one for my cat, but I'm afraid that my child would steal it. :)

Philigry said...

so cute!

Brenda said...

hahaha. that story is so funny! Love the mousie!

peaknits said...

Oh, too funny! I love that you got an action shot! I have a cat named Earnest - there is something so dignified about a people name for a cat:)

Julie said...

haha, that's hilarious!! I feel like if my cats had credit cards, all they would do is order cardboard boxes to play in....

that little mouse is so, so cute!

Anonymous said...

i love the cat name! my cat-in-law is named timothy. the in laws have the same human names to animals thing going on! their now deceased dog was named tammy.

i love your projects!
karen

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Such an adorable toy! Clearly it's very appealing to cats :)

Mr Puffy (who has his own email) has been solicited by a variety of business. He was interested in credit repair - he's a big spender - and still gets related emails!

SIONA said...

¡que gracioso!
un abrazo,
SIONA

Laine de Bergère said...

Such a sweet post! I admire the cat names, fitting indeed.

Glad he admires the knitted mouse, it's perfect! P.s. casting off my Citron...very pleased with it. A. xx

CanarySanctuary said...

Hah, that's hilarious. I'd like to try that myself, but I think the companies would get suspicious with someone named "Butters". That's not a common first name, methinks...

Lorena said...

Hi Hilary, nice to meet you in this blog! I live in Argentina and have 32 years old. I love knitting stuffs, and was so happy to meet your amazing job here. They are all wonderful!! It makes me want to learn how to knit, I only knit scarfs, and handle the basic stitches... I wish I could knit as well as you do. Congratulations! Regards from Buenos Aires

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Oh my. My cat would love that, little yarn tail and all. Very cute!

claireallison said...

That's a great idea about getting mail addressed to the cats - my kitty's name is Roscoe P. Coltrane.. and she's a girl.

a friend to knit with said...

:))))))
your husbands family sounds great!!!!!!!!

sue said...

I love the little mousie and how cute that your kitty liked it so much. Perhaps it was just giving it a test run! We name all our pets after people too, although only the one name. I just realised that after reading your post.

artohline said...

That's hilarious! Sounds like the sort of family I'd want to be part of. Also, the mouse is really cute. :-)

Kylie said...

tee hee that's so cute =)